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Herbal Treatment For Apathy
I am taking antidepressants since 15years I feel excessive sleepiness at daytime and lethargy please suggest treatment ( any herbal medicine)?
Medication effects: Side effect of antidepressants can be sleepiness and lethargy. Other reasons can be: •High Dose •Time of taking medication •Continued Depression •Overwhelming stresses •Sleep Disorder •Lethargy can be due to Anemia, Diabetes, Hypothyroidism. Discuss with Psychiatrist •Diagnosis •Side effects of, antidepressants •Withdrawal effects, •Decreasing the dose •St John’s Wort •Therapy for stress ...Read more
Apathy: there are different degrees of apathy and the duration counts too. If is occasional and mild then a daily practice of gratitude, meditation to calm the mind and to have clearer awareness, adequate sleep and some aerobic exercise can all help. Otherwise speaking with a professional - counselor, physician, social worker, psychologist, life coach - can be very helpful. ...Read more
Symptom, not disease: "Dysautonomia"=abnormal function of autonomic nervous system affecting automatic functions, eg.heart rate,blood pressure.Can happen when an illness (some mild,some severe)affects the nervous system.Treatment of underlying illness can help.Sometimes we give meds to control the blood pressure or heart rate.Apathy can occur as part of underlying illness, eg.Parkinson's, or can be unrelated depression ...Read more
Is there any treatment for complete apathy or blunted effect as you'd say it , possibly caused due to depression and anxiety?
Anxiety & Depression: If anxiety or depression interferes w/function in life or comfort level it needs to be treated by a mental health professional. Cognitive therapy is good for mood disorders. One helpful book is "Feeling Good" by David Burns. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Some: Narcolepsy is an issue with a brain chemical that controls degree of wakefulness and control on timing of wakefulness. So herbs (caffeine and noncaffeine) products that work through a different system (often adenosine) can be helpful t keep awake during day. Also behavior for short napping helps. Food metabolism also affects, specifically gluten has been. ...Read more
None: They do not have significant benefit.Get a more detailed answer ›
SIBO, documented?: Treatment is often offered empirically when sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is suspected. However symptoms recur when the antibiotics are gone. Is this due to underlying ibs, regrowth of bacteria (or resistant ones!), parasites, altered GI transit, or something else? Bifidobacter-containing probiotics may reduce gassiness, a xifaxan (rifaximin) trial may help, but evaluation is best pursued now. ...Read more
Over-the-counter: Drug stores have over-the-counter creams that have no "medications" like skin anesthetics, to relieve itching. One can consider the creams containing some type of menthol to be herbal. Such creams and oils have be used for many years, maybe even centuries. The ones in stores now are just the modern versions of them. Sometimes, general itching is due to internal disease, so a doctor should check. ...Read more